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Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings

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Technology distorts death so as to give it a new qualification. Although it cannot disregard death as the termination of life, technology removes the death of the individual from one’s own prerogative. The modern age dares to sustain life, when on the verge of death, by machines; it has the power to induce us to inhabit a body which is only technically alive. Life is prolonged not because we love it, but because we love technology more, and perceive it as a life-giving force. Not only have we cheated death of its meaning, but we have also degraded life by refusing to let it go.

32). According to Hillman, panic is not to be treated with Valium or suspicion, because it is a natural—even ethical—response to the technological sublime: “We must follow the path cleared by Nietzsche, whose investigation of kinds of consciousness and behaviour through Apollo and Dionysus can be extended to Pan. Then panic will no longer be regarded as a physiological defence mechanism . . but will be seen as the right response to the numinous” (30). ” Like a vacuum sucking in oxygen, the new realm of cyberspace attracts new electronic deities, and the matrix finds itself populated by sentient, even sacred, creatures.

All of a sudden i realized that it was similar to when you’re having sex and for whatever reason, you can’t come and all you are doing is FUCKING YOUR BRAINS OUT, exerting every ounce of brain energy trying to make yourself come so that you have your orgasm and go to sleep. That was how i felt on the middle of the dance floor. And I realized that the dj had POWER over me. I was basically prostituting for the dj: i was a slave to what he had (the promise of the climax) and he was flexing his power and tweaking with me to see how much i could stretch myself out for it.

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